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We are the Ducommuns! There are 4 of us now-Craig, Laura, Zamara, and now Mahashavah, our 1 year old son. We adopted Zamara from Ethiopia in 2008. Our son is also from Ethiopia and we are hoping to bring him home soon. We live Flagstaff Arizona. We are so glad you found us. Take a look around and don't forget to leave us a message.

Friday, August 1, 2008


We officially have our plane tickets. It was a bit stressful this week waiting to hear about our travel plans, but the tickets have been purchased...we are REALLY going to Ethiopia. I am still in shock right now. We've got so much to do in the next week to get ready. It is happy exhaustion though.

It is funny how each step of the way we said, "once our dossier goes to Ethiopia we won't be stressed, " or "once we get our court date we won't be stressed", etc..., etc...I know it must seem like we are always anxious about some part of this adoption. I have come to the realization that each step is stressful. Even now that we have our tickets confirmed, I am now anxious about getting everything packed and ready to go. I am sure once we leave I will be stressed about making the right connections for travel.

My goal over this next week (as well as the week we are in Ethiopia) is to slow down and try to enjoy each moment. This trip is a blessing. The chance to see Zamara's home and to learn about her culture is an unbelievable gift. I really do want to savor every moment. I am asking all of you to help Craig and I be accountable to this!

Ok, so here are all the details...

We will drive down to Phoenix on Friday August 8th and pick up my mom from Sky Harbor Airport. She is flying in from Portland and will be going to Ethiopia with us. We are all staying at a hotel in Phoenix on Friday because our plane to Ethiopia leaves at 7:30am. We have a short lay over in Washington DC then it's on to Ethiopia!!! We will arrive in Ethiopia Sunday evening.

Keep checking the blog because we will post blogs and pictures (and video! if we can get a good enough internet connection) while we are in Ethiopia.


The Gillman Family said...

We can't wait to watch you as you travel!!! Sooo excited for you all.
Kim (YG)

K.P. said...

I was telling Chris today that I know this trip is going to be a stretching experience for me and one that will be full of chances for me to react "in the flesh". I am already conscious that I don't want to do that. I want to enjoy the trip and always try to see the "up" side of things. I don't want to be stressed. I want to enjoy my boys and their first days together.

So...I will help you be accountable to this if you will also help me!

Look forward to meeting in DC!! See you at the gate!


Karen said...

YAAAY Laura! Your travel date is finally here and we are looking forward to following this leg of your journey as well. Much Blessings - Karen Wistrom (YG)

Molly said...

I don't know if you remember me, my name is Molly Sanborn and I am Jeff Cates' niece. We brought 2 babies home from Ethiopia 2 years ago. Congrats on your travel plans and your daughter is BEAUTIFUL!!! Don't be fooled by those lips... They seem so sweet and pouty, but they could be hiding SASS!!! That's what happened in our case anyway! Congrats again and please let me know if you all need anything. We will be covering you in prayer!!

Danielle said...

I will be praying for this for you, too. I hope so badly that you can find that "peace that passes all understanding" and enjoy Africa. It really gets in your blood has been my experience. I can't wait to follow.

Jori said...

So so excitted for you guys!! What a week this will be and then ... I am sure there are not words to describe what next week will be!! :) Enjoy!